BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Spiders in Our Backyard
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Grade: 2nd Grade Author: Margaret O'Leary
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Keywords: spiders, journals
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What kind of spiders are found in the woods near our school?
Context:

Teachers offering this challenge will want to check the immediate environment of their school for the availability of an appropriate variety of spiders to support this project. Teachers will also want to prepare the support materials identified in the challenge (observations sheets for pasting in story notebooks)

Travel out into the woods and observe the habits of at least three different spiders in their natural surroundings. Enter your observations on the sheets your teacher gives you to put in your individual field journals (picture story notebooks).

The Challenge:

With a partner and the help of your teacher, travel out on the Nature Trail and observe the habits of at least three different spiders in their natural surroundings. Enter your observations on the sheets your teacher gives you to put in your individual field journals (picture story notebooks).

 As you record your observations, please be sure to record the following information:

  • What is the date and time of day of your observation?
  • What is the weather like?
  • Where is the location of your observations?
  • What kind of different spiders did you see? (Draw a picture of them)
  • What did the different spiders do while you were watching them? (Draw a picture of them)
  • What did the webs of the spiders you were watching look like? (Draw a picture of them)

Using a collection jar with magnifying lens, collect one spider for close observation. Look closely at this spider and record/sketch your observations in your field journal. Be sure to answer the following:

  • What color is it?
  • How many legs does it have?
  • Where did you find/collect it?
  • How big is it? (Measure your spider either by using the measuring grid on the bottom of the jar or compare it to something of similar size)
  • What special identifying features does your spider have? (For instance, stripes, more than one color, large eyes, etc.)

Based on your observations, write a narrative (about 3 or 4 sentences long) from the spider's point of view about what what it looks like, where it lives, and what its life is like. You are invited to be creative in this narrative. Maybe you might give your spider a name. Be sure to give lots of details about your spider when you write.

Please be prepared to present your narrative to the class and share your drawings with us.

Quality Standards:

Field Journal

  • Field journal includes observations about spiders seen on Nature Trail walk. Information includes date and time, weather, location, appearance of spiders, activity of spiders, appearance of spider web.
  • Field Journal includes observations about one specific spider that has been collected. This information includes color of spider, number of legs, location of collection point, spider size, special identifying characteristics of spider.
  • Field Journal includes illustrations about the spiders seen on the Nature Trail
  • Field includes illustrations about the collected spider

Narrative

  • Narrative is written from the spider's point of view
  • Narrative is 3 or 4 sentences long
  • Narrative is creative, perhaps naming the spider

Presentation

  • Presentation describes observations made about the collected spider
  • Presentation is supported with illustrations showing the collected spider
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Field journal includes observations about spiders seen on Nature Trail walk. Information includes date and time, weather, location, appearance of spiders, activity of spiders, appearance of spider web.

15

Field Journal includes observations about one specific spider that has been collected. This information includes color of spider, number of legs, location of collection point, spider size, special identifying characteristics of spider

15

Field Journal includes illustrations about the spiders seen on the Nature Trail.

10

Field Journal includes illustrations about the collected spider

10

Narrative is written from the spider's point of view

10

Narrative is 3 or 4 sentences long

10

Narrative is creative, perhaps naming the spider.

10

Presentation describes observations made about the collected spider

10

Presentation is supported with illustrations showing the collected spider

10

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